By Nasario Garcia
The final vestiges of a cultural previous in Northern New Mexico Las Vegas, New Mexico, "a land of castles and conquerors, principles and icons," is an emblem of the Western frontier, and for stable cause. Even within the first 1/2 the 20 th century, existence there and its environs posed day-by-day and sometimes daunting struggles for survival, as those twenty viejitos attest. Their oral histories, either unhappy and pleased, include a medley of compelling matters, starting from lifestyles within the geographical region, folks therapeutic, faith, politics, and folklore to witchcraft and superstitions. acknowledged right here of their unique Spanish and in English translation, those reflections on prior are basic and easy, lucid and sincere; their elderly tellers are freed of preconditioning or pretense. instructed so quietly they rather whisper, those tales resonate with uncomplicated knowledge and with the richness of a language, tradition, and traditions that span a number of centuries in New Mexico. Folklorists, historians, cultural and social anthropologists, and scholars and academics of Spanish through the Southwest will locate a lot that engages and instructs within the bills that Nasario Garc?a has so lovingly collected and thoroughly assembled the following.
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Eas volaan porque eran brujas. Éstas iban pa warn a las otras que ya los maridos venían, que se sosegaran. [Risas] Las brujas se iban a ispiar a los maridos. Vían eos andar las luces aá, y pensaan qu’eran d’esas linternas. Hay un animalito que anda y da luz en la noche. Pensaan qu’eran linternas que andaban. Nada, pus eran las brujas que andaan aá en las perchas, viendo a ver ónde estaan los maridos. [Risas] Otra cosa, de los cíbolos ablandaan el cuero. Luego los cosían y ahi enpacaan las cecinas.
They’re like a small frog. I don’t know what you call them in English. We used to call them lizards. A lizard like that also does some good because it kills the snake. The lizard jumps up and down, up and down and then the snake just looks at it and the snake doesn’t even know what it is, but the snake will open its mouth, and then the lizard goes way inside. Once inside, the lizard begins to go backwards and forward until it slices the snake down the middle and kills it. What we saw kill snakes also is those roadrunners.
En un burro no podía ir usté muy lejos. A pie tampoco, y casi más del tiempo lo hacía a pie. Pos a mí se me hace que güeno no jui, porque yo no sé quién será güeno cuando está joven. No lo creye uno, pero ya pasó, porque tiene uno la cabeza llena de aigre, no de otra cosa. De modo es que asina es. Le voy a cuentar una cosa que ójali hubiera sido diferente. No estuviéranos platicando yo y usté. Me gustaban las armas; me di un balazo solo. Güel, tenía yo como unos, pueda que dieciséis, diecisiete años, y me había regalao un pariente una pistola.